Woman drops a $20 million lawsuit against Usher after accusing him of exposing her to herpes.
against R&B star Usher has been dropped after he allegedly came to an agreement with his accuser.
The singer was being sued for $10 million, plus an additional $10 million in damages for allegedly infecting the plaintiff with herpes.
Laura Helm had filed suit against Usher for allegedly - and knowingly - engaging in unprotected sex with her when he knew he was suffering from herpes.
Usher had tried to have the case dismissed by claiming that he owed Helm no “duty of care” because she knew the risks of unprotected sex.
The terms of the agreement between Usher and Helm - supposedly a financial compensation - have not been disclosed. The case was dismissed without prejudice, which means the lawsuit can be refiled at a later date.
Over 50% of Americans currently carry one of the two forms of the Herpes virus
Helm is not the first woman to come forward and accuse the singer of not advising her he has an incurable venereal disease before engaging in unprotected sex with her.
In 2012, Usher settled another lawsuit with a woman with the same allegations in for $1.1 million.
He is also facing a court case filed by fan Quantasia Sharpton and an unnamed man who claim the star had unprotected sex with them.
Usher and Sharpton have not settled their herpes lawsuit, and the case is ongoing.
Over 50% of Americans currently carry one of the two forms of the Herpes virus: HSV-1 - oral herpes; and HSV-2 - genital herpes.
This sexually transmitted disease is an infection caused by HSV (herpes simplex virus) which affects the external genitalia, anal region, mucosal surfaces, and skin in other parts of the body.
Herpes is incurable, and symptoms include blisters, ulcers, pain when urinating, cold sores, and vaginal discharge. Although there is no cure for herpes, the symptoms can be treated and minimized, but a carrier is infectious for life.